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Recipe Re-Do: Crockpot Lasagna

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I mentioned a while back that I had “tragically” lost some of my original blog photos when I first switched over to WordPress This is kind of lame because now I have a few recipes out there without photos. RECIPES WITHOUT PHOTOS, PEOPLE. I know. Take a moment to calm yourselves. I’ll wait.

Did you get yourself a cocktail? Well I did. I’m feeling much better.

Ok, now that we’re all more relaxed, let’s just jump into today’s second edition of “Recipe Re-do”! This lasagna is one of my favorites, especially for those times when you’re having company over, and you want dinner to “magically be ready” without losing an hour of socializing while you’re slaving away in the kitchen. It’s also a great make-ahead meal if you stack everything up in ye olde crockpot ahead of time and then let ‘er rip the next day.

sauce and cheese

If you’re not on board after seeing cheese and sauce, well then, I think you may be in the wrong place.

ingredients
This time I had a chance to put my favorite sauce in the entire world to use here. (Trader Joe’s Three Cheese Pomodoro Pasta Sauce. And I of course mean favorite after my mom’s homemade spaghetti sauce, duh. Hi, mom.) And although I normally use whole wheat noodles when making pasta, for some reason I just don’t get down with ww lasagna noodles. They just aren’t my bag, baby. But these Dreamfields noodles are an awesome lower-carb option if you’re into that sort of thing.

sauce + water
OH- and here’s a little secret I thought I’d share with you guys. You’ll notice the recipe calls for some water, well make sure and use you sauce jar to add this step. Pour it right into the jar, shakeshakeshake, and you’ll be able to use up every last drop of that sweet tomato-ey goodness.

layers of ingredients

So as you can see, this is a super simple recipe. Just layer up all that jazz and throw a lid on your dear sisterwife/crockpot and you’re donesies. 6 hours later, you’ll be in Cheesy Pasta Town. And who doesn’t want to go to there?

crockpot las

Crockpot Lasagna (take 2)
Serves: 6-8
Time: 7 hours
You’ll Need:
1/2 box of lasagna noodles (Whole wheat or lower carb)
28 oz jar tomato sauce of your choice
1/2 cup water
1 lb lean grass-fed ground beef
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 a medium yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 egg
1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
15 oz container reduced-fat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated reduced-fat parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese (or other soft cheese)

Directions: In a large sauce pan over med-high heat, sautee ground beef and onion, until beef is browned. Add garlic and sautee another minute. Remove from heat. Drain the liquid from the pan and add tomato sauce and water.
Meanwhile in a large bowl, combine 1 cup mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan and mascarpone cheese. Add egg and mix until smooth.
Spoon about 3/4 cup of the sauce onto the bottom of your crockpot and then start layering noodles. You will have to break them into smaller pieces for this, but I promise it will be ok. Cover noodles with a layer of cheese mixture, then sauce, then noodles again. Repeat and finish with a layer of noodles, then sauce, then the rest of your mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Turn your crockpot to low and let cook for 6-7 hours. (I did 6 and it was cooked to perfection.)

Serve with a side of caesar salad.

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crockpot las 2

You guys, this is seriously one of my favorite meals ever. And the mascarpone cheese was kind of a last-minute add since I just had some I wanted to use up, but it was a great call. Plus pretty much anytime you add more cheese to something it’s a good idea.

So that’s it for this edition of Recipe Re-Do’s! Have you guys ever made crockpot lasagna? Thoughts?

Note 1: You also may notice that I strayed from my usual ground turkey here and went straight for the ground beef. I can’t explain it other than the fact that I had some questionable turkey a few months ago and haven’t been able to go back to it since.

Note 2: I have no affiliation to any of the products I mentioned here, they are just simply a few of my faves that I wanted to share.

Note 3: Here’s the original recipe post.

Note 4: Just kidding. I’m done.

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16 thoughts on “Recipe Re-Do: Crockpot Lasagna

  1. Lasagna in the crock is something I’ve always wanted to try. Lets face it, who likes to prepare lasagna right? The slow cooker method just seems so much easier and less stress. Glad to hear it turned out for you!

  2. I’ve never tried to make lasagna in the crockpot! But I’m on board. You sold me with the extra cheese. I’m not totally down with the whole wheat lasagna either. They work well with white sauce, cheese, and veggies, I think, but not so much with the red sauce/ground beef deal. Anyway… this looks AWESOME.

  3. I’m going to send this to my roommate. Because she loves crockpot recipes. And I want her to make it for me…

  4. I’ve seen this recipe a couple times and it really intimidates me for some reason! I’m worried that mine will come out really sloppy and a pot of mush and not looking like lasagna at all, since most of my crockpot meals are just that… a pile of mush, good tasting mush tho! But it seems so much easier than the real thing. I might have to just try it.

  5. God how I love lasagna. It’s probably not normal. Guarantee I try this in the near future.

  6. I need to make this ASAP! If only as an excuse to use that sauce. It is the BEST.

  7. I’m very intrigued by the lasagna-in-crock-pot situation… I think I’m going to have to give it a whirl! I’m so glad I finally converted to the slow cooker team.

  8. I have been so curious about how lasagna would turn out in the crockpot, so good to know!! And mascarpone cheese, ummm heck yea. Love it.

  9. Brilliant! I feel so old-school with my cooking ways–I don’t have a crock pot!

  10. Looks delish, honey. I think I’ll throw in the goat cheese I still have hanging around.

  11. I think you’ve convinced me to buy a crock pot! This looks out of this world!!

  12. Ok, that actually is the best sauce ever. I wont lie, I have no issues eating that stuff straight from the jar. So good.

    Also, crock pot lasagna is the best idea ever.

  13. yum! definitely going to have to try this! great blog :)

  14. Pingback: Lazy Lasagna (Crockpot Lasagna Recipe) | Stylish, Stealthy & Healthy.

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